Library Services


Earth Sciences


The principal collection for Earth Sciences is the Geology collection on the 3rd floor of the Science Library.

The Geology collection is divided into the following sections:

  • A - Introductions to geology;
  • B - Dynamic and structural geology, including geophysics and geochemistry;
  • C - Geomorphology, including oceanography;
  • D - Mineralogy;
  • E - Petrology;
  • F - Economic geology;
  • G - Historical geology and stratigraphy;
  • H - Palaeontology;
  • I - Astrogeology;
  • J-X - Regional geology.

Search Explore (the Library catalogue) to find the exact class mark (shelf location) of a book. A large number of electronic books are also available through Explore. Any essential course readings can be found on each module's Online Reading List.

Some of the other sections of the Library you might find useful:


The Science Library holds both print and electronic journals (periodicals). The past five years' of print journals are kept on the shelves in the Science Library. These cannot be borrowed but may be photocopied, subject to copyright. Earth Sciences journals that we keep on site are in the Geoscience Pers section on the third floor of the Science Library, in the Geology reading room. Older issues of print journals are held in the library store and can be requested via the Store Request Form and will be available the next day.


Explore allows you to search for material within a single resource or across a range of resources simultaneously and get instant access to the online full-text material we subscribe to. However, databases should be used for conducting comprehensive research.

The following databases are relevant to Earth Sciences, and can be accessed via our complete A-Z list of databases which are available at UCL.

Free resources

The Encyclopedia of Earth is a free expert-reviewed collection of content contributed by scholar/professionals who collaborate and review each other's work.

Other resources

Find out more about using other libraries. For further information please send an email to adam.miller@ucl.ac.uk.

A wide range of training and support is available for members of staff and students. Please feel free to contact me for assistance or to make an appointment. Other services and materials which may be of use include:

The ISD Service Desk is located on the ground floor of the Science Library and can be contacted for enquiries regarding your computer accounts, email, etc. ISD also provide IT training and resources.

Training is available for research students via the UCL Doctoral School, including information skills sessions run by library staff.